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Must Read!!! Selfies to Promote Self-Love

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images (19)People condemn the ‘Selfie.’

They look at it like a narcissistic, selfish cry for attention.

But they couldn’t be further from the truth…

We live in a society that has ridiculous beauty standards, where every surface we see is splashed with highly retouched images of men and women who fit the ‘perfect’ aesthetic. They are far too slim, muscular, stunning and perfect. Something that we humans, are not.

Everywhere we turn, we see another image of perfect people who don’t actually exist and it is ingrained in us to want to fit that perfect image. We feel that we need to look like that in order to be accepted in our own society. We think, if we don’t look like Miss and Mr Universe, that we’ll be classified as *gasp* ugly.

We are taught to compare ourselves to others, to admire the perfect pictures of the perfect people, with their flawless skin, tiny waistlines and impeccable fashion.

We covet the images, we point to them and say defiantly, “I want to look like that!”

But now, in the age of the selfie, we are taking it all back.

We are taking pictures of ourselves and sharing them on social media, hanging them in our homes and giving them to friends and family as gifts.

And the reason is this: We aren’t perfect. We aren’t airbrushed and we are real. And we want to see real people, people who are different and have flaws, who aren’t in magazines.

We are creating our own definition of beauty.

We are finally casting off our feelings inferiority and embracing ourselves and our bodies and we are proud of overcoming our hurdles, body image issues and self loathing.

We share our pictures to show people that we are no longer afraid of being photographed, and that people of all shapes, sizes, genders, ethnicity and backgrounds are beautiful, because they are unique and different.

Selfies are this generation’s way of coping with years of body policing from the media, our friends, family and strangers.

Selfies are us giving people who bullied us about our looks or weight the proverbial middle finger and saying ‘Your words cannot hurt me, for I love myself. I will not hate myself because you cannot accept me.’

We have been forced to fit these unacceptable and unattainable beauty standards set by the media for too long — a faceless bully who affects millions of people’s self-esteem worldwide.

If we had more magazine articles written about encouraging us to love ourselves, teaching us to love and accept others and how to embrace a more positive lifestyle instead of focusing on how to drop 10 kilograms in a week and how to get the ‘perfect’ Summer physique, there would be less body image issues, less focus on weight and looks, less weight related bullying and less self-hatred.

Selfies are a way to express profound self-love and new found self-esteem. Only a few years ago, if you wore anything over a size six, you were hardly represented by the media whatsoever, and while this is still a part-truth, we are seeing a more diverse range of bodies in the media now.
For years, however, we were doomed to look on these immaculate and stunning people, pouting and smoldering up at us from the glossy pages of the latest magazine, without realizing just how damaging these pictures were.

With so much pressure put on us to look like these unreal people, is it any wonder that we decided to take matters into our own hands? Literally.

People are hitting the gym and documenting their fitness journey with selfies, showing their progress and how proud they are to have become more fit. Fuller-figured people are snapping pictures of themselves to show the world the confidence they have in their bodies and in how they look.

Everyone is posting selfies for one reason or another, and it isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
We are finally embracing who we are and how we look. We are taking back our bodies and publishing pictures of them on social media, not for attention (while attention is often received) but to say ‘Look at me, I love my body and I love who I am!’ Instead of pining after the body and looks of a supermodel, or the muscles and strength of a world-renowned weight lifter.

We are creating our own definition of beautiful, we are embracing our flaws and challenging social norms.

We all want to see realistic forms of beauty, we all want to be represented in the media, so what better way than to represent yourself, with your own beauty, your own style, no Photoshopping, just you the way you look? Beautiful, raw and unique.

Source: huffingtonpost.com

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Avoid These Nigerians Food To Burn Stubborn Belly Fat (Video)

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Being overweight or obese can be detrimental to your health. It is not advisable to have excess fat in the abdominal cavity because it can lead to some health issues. Getting your dream body will not be easy and you need to make some sacrifices to your diet. You will also need to turn a blind eye to some fatty foods.

If you’re ready to get rid of the belly fat, then stay put as Information Nigeria brings you some important tips that will help.

1. Avoid sugar and carbonated drinks

Did you know that consuming sugary substances like coke, fanta can lead to weight gain and a number of health problems like high blood pressure?. This is due to the high fructose content found in added sugars. Taking sugar-filled drinks may slow your metabolism and this in turn can make it harder for your body to burn fat. Fructose can only be metabolized by your liver. When you consume too much, you push your liver to its limit and it becomes overloaded, then it turns the fructose into fat and it ends up getting stored in your belly. To avoid putting yourself from risk, you should cut back on foods and drinks that contain huge amounts of sugar.

 

2. You also have to forgo junk foods like meat pie, cakes, rolls, candies, burgers, ice cream and cookies. You also need to do away with heavy foods like eba, akpu, pounded yam, rice among others. Switch up your eating habits and opt for a more balanced-diet if you want to burn your belly fat. Avoid consuming refined carbs like bread, pizza, potation chips etc. You should also stay away from processed and heavy foods because they contribute to stubborn belly fat. You should choose to eat proteinous foods like fish, eggs, and milk. starch contains fat, sugar and salt. They help a person feel fuller so you don’t end up looking for something to munch on after eating. It basically keeps hunger at bay.

3. Eat the right amount of fruits, vegetables, fibrous foods and whole grains – You can add vegetables, fruits and whole grains to your weight loss diet. They provide essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and other substances that are good for your body. Examples of fibre rich foods include; beans, broccoli, avocados, apples, oatmeal brown rice and whole grain bread.

4. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily or weekly routine – Exercise helps to speed up your metabolism and helps you shed weight. The bitter truth is that wearing just waist trainers and staying put in one position will not make you lose that stubborn belly fat. You should hit the gym.

5 Reduce alcohol intake – Excess intake of alcohol also leads to a host of health problems especially the build-up of fat in the belly area. Have you ever noticed that those who drink alcohol, especially men, often develop ‘pot-bellies’. Alcoholic drinks like beer provide your body with calories and very little nutrients. It can also increase your appetite. Replace the alcoholic drinks with water or alternate with low calorie, non-alcoholic beverages. Too much alcohol can cause liver damage and other serious health problems.

6. Try out apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar is made in a two-step fermentation process. It is obtained from apples that have been crushed, distilled and fermented. Acetic acid is the main active component of apple cider vinegar. It is safe for consumption in small quantities and can be taken as a supplement. Do not also consume it straight from the bottle or in its pure form. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to water before you drink. You can also add honey or lemon. It is best to drink it before your meals. Research shows it has many health benefits, such as lowering blood sugar levels.

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Williams Uchemba And His Wife Exchange Wedding Vows In Lagos (Video)

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Williams Uchemba and his wife, Brunella Oscar

Williams Uchemba and his wife, Brunella Oscar

Popular Nigerian actor, Williams Uchemba and his wife, Brunella Oscar have officially solemnized their union.

The couple finally exchanged their wedding vows at Dominion city church in Lagos state.

The beautiful wedding ceremony was reportedly officiated by the founder of the church, Dr. David Chukwudi Ogbueli alias Papa Eagle.

Celebrities, fans and well-wishers poured in congratulatory message for the couple after photos and videos from the ceremony hit the internet.

The actor wore a sleek tuxedo, while his bride,  wore a lovely white gown.

Read Also:Actor Williams Uchemba Set To Walk Down The Aisle With Mystery Woman

Watch the videos below:

https://twitter.com/gregorogholi/status/1330121905387540483?s=21

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Actor, Model, Comedian, Philanthropist… Meet The Latest Groom, Williams Uchemba

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Williams Uchemba

Williams Uchemba

Williams Uchemba, who was born on October 22, is an actor, motivational speaker, model, comedian, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The Abia-born thespian graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relation from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in Enugu State.

Uchemba began his career in the early 2000s as a child actor and came into the limelight in 2001 after appearing in the Nollywood blockbuster movie, “The Journey of the Dead” along with Olu Jacobs, Ramsey Noah, and Pete Edochie.

Since then, the multi-talented actor never looked back as he has gone ahead to feature in more blockbuster movies like Sugar Rush (2019), Merry Men 2(2019) and Story Story: The African Rideshare (2018). He is the recipient of several awards.

The actor adopted an 18-year-old furniture maker in June and he promised to sponsor his education. He recently got married to his longtime girlfriend, Brunella Oscar at her hometown, Alor in Anambra state. The actor’s wife, Brunella opened up on their love story with Wedding Digest Naija and she disclosed that she made the first move. According to the English trained medical doctor, they both met on Facebook after she sent him a message.

 

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